Pictures Of Things + Le Love List

July 29th, 2016 - posted under: Furthermore » Feedback


Homegrown sunflowers.

Hi guys!

It’s Friday. And not only that, but it’s the final Friday of July, can you even comprehend it?? I don’t know where the month has gone, or where the summer has gone! My school starts back up on Monday (second summer session) and we’re finally going live with the online course I helped to develop. Jeremy says I should make a post about that, since I never really talk here on the blog about what I’m doing in grad school, but I feel like my teaching and my schooling doesn’t really have anything to do with this blog, ya know? So short version: I led a team that got a grant to build an online course from scratch. The course is called “Concepts and Controversies in the Biological Sciences” and it’s basically a mash-up of my two favorite things: science and politics. It’s been a crazy roller coaster of a year creating this thing, and on Monday it’s off and running! Huzzah!

In other news, Waits starts first grade in just a few weeks, we lost our cook at the wine bar so things have been sort of wild there with me in the kitchen (but it’s super fun), we’ve made some changes at home (more on that later) and I can finally see the finish line for graduation. Summer is short, and life is so, so full. But for the first time in a very long time, I feel more on top of it than I feel underneath it. Finally.

What can I say? I love summertime! Here’s what life’s been looking like these days:


Fireworks on the 4th of July. Happy birthday America! You’re a big ol’ weirdo but I love you a million!

And a 4th of July after-party back at our house. I can’t even tell you how happy this picture makes me! Sweet friends being all totally adorable, plus kitty cat lovin’ and icy IPAs and kindergarten-art screaming LOVE in the background . . . perfection.


Sooo I’m totally obsessed with this amazing new app that turns photos into art. It’s called Prisma and it’s too much fun! See?





Summer is for homemade popsicles. These lemonade-blackberry beauties were especially delicious.

Surf camp! I know I am way biased, but does my kiddo not look like the most perfect little California dude? He crushed those waves, too. I’m a proud mama!

When all the best things are in season.

Farmer’s Market treats for the fur babies.

Theatre camp! In one week, this amazing group of kiddos learned, staged, and built a set for The Jungle Book. My little guy made his official theatrical debut as a snake and a monkey, and dang if he wasn’t the best little singing dancing snake and monkey I’ve ever seen. He even had a line and yes, he *nailed* it! Okay, did I mention I’m proud?


And oh hey! We made a video! Waits and I had a ton of fun filming our unboxing of a recent Vegan Cuts snack box delivery. It had been a long time since our last snack box, and we were so happy to discover that they’re even bigger and better than they used to be! I love learning about new healthy options, and Waits . . . well, this little enthusiast can just barely contain his excitement!


And now, it’s time for the one, the only, Le Love List!

Living in flip flops. // Picnic dinners on the beach with my boys. Food and music and splashing and dancing. It may be my very favorite part of summer. ♥ // Whitney and Tess teasing me that I should call my next book “The Vegan MILF.” Ha! // Clean bills of health. // Being the person that friends call when they need period clothing (50s, 60s, 70s) for a costume party . . . because I wear that stuff all day every day! // Gold jewelry. // Citrine and Selenite. // Registering new URLs for really, really exciting new projects. // Gilmore Girls binges. // Taco Tuesdays and Witchy Wednesdays, and the wonderful women I spend them with! // Honoring the full moon. // Eating out of my garden almost every day. Rooting myself, literally and spiritually, in this land. // A few weeks back I texted my dad and said, “I have existential questions! Please advise!” My dad has spent the past many decades working as a doctor of Chinese Medicine, and studying eastern philosophy. So when I hit the rock bottom of my existential crisis, I knew he was the one I had to call. And we met up for coffee, and had this incredible 2-hour stroll through a park, and I basically asked him, “Dad, what the fuck is the meaning of life?” He shared so much wisdom with me that day, and honestly I’m still processing it. And I’ve been sharing it with a bunch of my girlfriends who are all feeling similarly confused and constrained (the 30s are a weird time for wild-spirited women). And I hope to write about it more, here on the blog, sometime soon. Because my father helped me frame my life in a way I had never been able to before, and it all makes so much more sense now. I know what I need to do.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, he told me the meaning of life. It’s this: Freedom. I asked him to elaborate and that was kind of tricky, because freedom means different things to different people. It’s hard to pin down. But we decided it must be like porn, according to the Supreme Court. You know, like, “You know it when you see it.” So there ya go.



Alright guys, now it’s your turn! I really love reading your own Le Love Lists, so please leave them down in the comments below. What are the little things in your life that make you smile these days?

And as always, I hope you have a truly fantastic weekend!

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